Inconsistent decisions

Print edition : May 03, 2013

Patiala House Courts in New Delhi, where district court cases are heard. Too many litigants decide to appeal against lower court verdicts in the Supreme Court, which leads to increased workload for the apex court. Photo: Rajeev Bhatt

Fali Nariman, the Senior Advocate and eminent jurist. His proposal that decisions of two-judge Division Benches not be considered law for the purpose of Article 141 of the Constitution should be given serious consideration.

Increasing workload, a higher rate of admission, and constitution of multiple two-judge Division Benches have resulted in a huge increase in the number of judgments handed down by the Supreme Court, which again increases the probability of inconsistencies in judgments.
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